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Twelfth Night – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Andrea Allen                    “What country, friends is this?” It’s Illyria, so expect cross-dressing, mistaken identity, music, booze and a few cruel tricks, “nothing that is so, is so”.  As the lights dim, music that can be inadequately described as Eastern European Gypsy-punk envelopes the room, setting a tingling tone of faraway lands where all ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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Breaking the Code – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director:  Robert Hastie Reviewer:  Stephen M Hornby If ever a play deserved a revival at the Royal Exchange, it is Breaking the Code, bringing home the tale of one of Manchester’s finest minds, a mind that literally changed the course of world history and continues to do so.  The play was first staged in 1986.  The 30 ...

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The Factory – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Devised by: The Company Director: Matt Hassall Designer: Bethany Wells Sound Designer: Gerry Marsden Reviewer: Brendan James The Young Company at The Royal Exchange have departed from their home in St Ann’s Square and have taken their latest production of The Factory to the theatres' studio space on Swan Street to create an ambitious site-specific and immersive new work. On ...

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Bird – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Katherine Chandler Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The opening stage picture of Bird conjures the seaside with a perfect economy, while a soundscape of seagulls provides the first of many direct and indirect avian references. Two yellow chairs and two yellow ladders are all that the set consists of, but the whole of life in a rundown ...

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King Lear – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Don Warrington as King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin It is no surprise that this is one of many King Lear’s due to be produced in British theatre this year. King Lear remains relevant to a modern audience; watching a king split his kingdom as we sit around and debate ‘Brexit’, being at the mercy of nature and the elements ...

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Husbands and Sons – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: D H Lawrence Adaptor: Ben Power Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent   Ben Power and Marianne Elliott have constructed this new piece, Husbands and Sons, by combining three other plays by D H Lawrence. While originally written as three separate plays they do have common themes. All are set in the same mining village in 1911, and while ...

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